Moonlight 1.0 is released!
- Posted: Feb 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM
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Great news – the full Moonlight 1.0 has been released. I talked about the beta back in the fall. We used the beta for the Presidential Inauguration, (further details in this Channel 9 interview). Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight, built from the public specifications, based on the Mono project from Novell.
Miguel de Icaza’s blog has the full details and well worth the read. A few key points:
Now the team is moving on to Moonlight 2.0 and Silverlight 2 compatibility, which is currently in pre-alpha. The big work item there is getting the CLR/DLR fully integrated. Once we get that, we’ll have Smooth Streaming working on Linux! As an open source project, they’re welcoming help.
And here’s my favorite Moonlight project I just heard about: Moonshine. It uses Moonlight to emulate the old Windows Media Player OCX embedding model, so that web pages targeting the old player can work in Firefox on Linux. It can also play back local WMV files. Given that VLC hasn’t be able to play back VC-1 content with B-frames, I’m very glad for this.
Screenshot of Moonlight (taken from their page. I still need to get the new SUSE installed; my computers have all been encoding full blast since December).